non touristy places with great beaches?
Replies: 24 - Last Post: Oct 11, 2013 4:27 PM Last Post By: tools4fools
Oct 9, 2013 6:46 AM
non touristy places with great beaches?hello fellow travelers!
my gf and i are going to thailand to mostly chill out after a tough year. i've spent about 100 days (2008 and 2010) there and my gf about 40 (2010), but we're not sure about the status now.
are there still great beaches without too many tourists or is everything now run over by gap-year babies and/or middle-aged men?
i loved northern thailand but there are no beaches and we'd really love to chill out on one, apart from visiting wild life and temples.
we're going for 5 weeks... Thanks!
Oct 9, 2013 7:11 AM
1There are lots of nice beaches without hordes of tourists. Naturally one cannot expect entire towns facilitating hundreds of hotels, bars, groceries, department stores, travel agents and so on. As an example I spent a few days in Ban Krut beaches in Prachuap Khri Khan. In places like this one better rent a vehicle to get around smoothly. Fearless warriors rent mopeds, wary people like me rent a car. South China Sea was very nice on these shores. There are some hotels along the beach road (typically not the cheapest ones but the fee for a night starts from 25-30 euros or so. In villages and towns (Bang Saphan is close by) one can find cheaper accommodation (and diners).
In Krabi, Trang and why not in Satun there are tons of nice beaches like this. I have come across nice beaches in the Eastern seaboard even if it is far more industrialized a region.
Oct 9, 2013 8:15 AM
2I always try to go to places that aren't as touristy as the banana pancake trail - but then again I'm middle-aged :)
The more I go to Thailand the more I realize I just don't want to get involved with Thai women - Unfortunately I'm not an ATM and prefer the company of real locals not out to rip me off and fellow backpackers from around the world - it would be nice to meet more 30+ travellers - the gap yr babies and FMP/KoSanRd crowd are so annoying.
There are places I like and will go back to, but I'd rather keep them to myself - :)
Oct 9, 2013 8:31 AM
3Everywhere is run over by gap year babies, middle aged men, Russians and - hold your breath - Chinese.
Some of them have spend 150 days in Thailand and are said to look down on newbies like you.
Bottom line is you better visit another country and repost in that branch. Sign up with a new troll handle to do so.
Oct 9, 2013 11:26 AM
Oct 9, 2013 12:01 PM
5Here’s shocker, any great beaches will have tourists just like you. If you want nice beach with less congregated farangs go to Maldive.
Oct 9, 2013 2:00 PM
Oct 9, 2013 8:19 PM
Oct 9, 2013 8:51 PM
8This is a bit exaggerated and black and white . People who are old enough to to get on plane to go to other side of the world are not 'babies' anymore and the 'gap year ' crowd are a minority overall plus its a loose term anyway. The Full Moon Party was started aided and abetted by Thais. And this is another occasion where I'm in full agreement with Brax.
QUOTE - "it would be nice to meet more 30+ travellers - the gap yr babies and FMP/KoSanRd crowd are so annoying." -
As Westwood alluded there are all kinds of people staying in and around KSR and area - how many 'babies' do you see coming out of Buddy Lodge ? and KSR the street itself stopped being a true budget travellers street years ago, And it may sound a cliche but its all about attitude than age . I was once on a night bus when a group of Swedish girls about 21 years old asked for recommendations about Ko Phangan and one of them said ' we are not interested in that Full Moon Party'.
Don't want to nitpick about words but actually there is no such thing as' middle aged' as not everyone lives the same length of time - its an invented term that only came to being in relatively modern times.
As for beaches - the accessible nice white sand island beaches have all been fully exploited - even on Ko Mook (Muk) , and Ko Lipe and Ko Bulon Lae (Taratao area) , the other Trang islands are mostly expensive resort places. There are some beautiful white and beaches on Ko Kood but they are remote and don't have easy road access.
Oct 9, 2013 8:55 PM
Oct 10, 2013 4:16 AM
Oct 10, 2013 5:48 AM
11thanks for all yall replies everyone!
yeah, i spent some time in Prachuap Khri Khan (area) when i was cruising on a motorcycle from laos to malaysia and saw less western tourists, true. Beaches were definitely less attractive though, but it's a great area.
i'll have a look into your suggestions, thanks!
to the insulted: when i travel i go for local culture and interaction. that's why i dislike the sex driven tourists, and some gap year babies, mostly hanging out with eachother and at mcdonalds with i-phones and on facebook. i mean, just do that at home.
Edited by: shikibu on Oct 10, 2013 5:54 AM
Oct 10, 2013 7:59 AM
Oct 10, 2013 8:28 AM
Oct 10, 2013 9:19 AM
Hm read both his and your posts @15, take a look again why the heck are all those mentioned riff raff. What the heck is wrong with middle aged men. Maybe your dads are still kids? For heavens sake we all dislike the nuisances but not all young or middle age are that even if, like me, they quite like a visit to the Khoa San area. To put all in those age groups into the same category is a grave mistake and shows lack of respect. I am lucky I try not to avoid age groups and have been rewarded for that. Met great folks on my many years of travel and most were lot younger. In fact maybe he got a point I agree that I would not want to be with lots of folks like me. Enough that I am there same time as he is.
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